Valve Index VR headset from Steam: After two teasers and months of waiting, Valve announced its own virtual reality helmet called Index.
Helmet Valve Index received two RGB LCD-display with a resolution of 1440 × 1600 with a frequency of 120 Hz and experimental support of 140 Hz. The device also has a pair of headphones for surround sound.
Most technologies Valve stuffed into controllers. Thanks to 87 sensors, Index Controllers are able to recognize the strength of the grip, the speed of the movement of the hands and even the touch of individual fingers, creating a plausible interaction with the game environment.
To use the Valve Index, the computer will need:
- OS: Windows 10, SteamOS or Linux;
- Processor: dual core with hyper-threading support;
- Video card: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD RX 480 with DisplayPort (HDMI is not supported);
- RAM: 8 GB;
- USB: 3.0+.
Some journalists have already tried out the Valve Index, and left laudatory reviews. Polygon author noted a clear image and the absence of nausea after a long game.
The UploadVR journalist tested Aperture Hand Labs, No Man’s Sky, Boneworks, Vacation Simulator, and Beat Saber, assessing realistic control.
Price issue and when to expect?
The company is already accepting pre-orders for the Valve Index, but buyers will receive their devices only on 28 June. A complete set consisting of a pair of controllers, a helmet and a station for tracking movement will cost $ 1,000.
A set of headsets and controllers costs $ 749. The Valve Index is compatible with Vive and Vive Pro devices, whose owners can separately purchase controllers or a helmet for $ 279 and $ 499 respectively. The station for tracking movements will cost $ 149.